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Born January 1, 1930, Frederick Wiseman has long-since secured his place in the history of cinema with his extensive observational studies of institutions and work places. Now in his 90s, he’s made his first fiction film, at 64 minutes a vignette, based on the letters and diaries of Sophia Tolstoy, and her (off-screen) husband, Leo. It was the latter who penned the famous opening sentence “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,” but it was his amanuensis, Sophia, who copied the phrase multiple times for publication. Leo talked a good game about love, equality, and spirituality, but Sophia (who bore him 13 children) had a unique perspective on her genius husband’s personal failings, as Wiseman puckishly illustrates.

An expressive and moving portrait of a tempestuous marriage, one told with elan that feels rich in feeling.

Leslie Felperin, Hollywood Reporter

Nathalie Boutefou is superb…a shrewd character study. A belletristic homage to the most famously unhappy marriage in literary history…thoroughly intelligent… A valuable and insightful portrait.

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

 

  Nov 25: The short film It’s What Each Person Needs (Sophy Romvari, Can, 2022) (11 min) will play before both screenings.

Director

Frederick Wiseman

Cast

Nathalie Boutefou

Credits
Country of Origin

France/USA

Year

2022

Language

In French with English subtitles

19+
63 min

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Credits

Producer

Frederick Wiseman, Karen Konicek

Screenwriter

Frederick Wiseman & Nathalie Boutefeu

Cinematography

John Davey

Editor

Frederick Wiseman

Original Music

Nathalie Beloeil